For the home chef

Save recipes in seconds with plain text formatting

Create beatiful recipe pages with automated ease

Use your recipes in any app (our favorite is Paprika)

Share with family and friends (Twitter cards)

For the developer

Markdown + Hugo under the hood

Recipes stored in plain text, ready for hacking

Open source, everything's on GitHub (contribute?)

Hi there,

I’m Sean and I blatently stole this intro from Clark. This my fork of the excellent Chowdown project, described as a plain text recipe database for hackers. In Clark’s words:

Over the years, I’ve tried dozens of recipe apps and services in an attempt to eat better and get more organized. With each app came a new format and recipe lock-in, neither of which got me excited.

Chowdown is my attempt at fixing recipe app burnout, by moving my recipes out of closed services and into plain text. For example, here’s a recipe in plain text that I’ve been working on for a while. It’s a broccoli beer cheese soup inspired by Gourmand’s, one of my favorite spots in Austin. Crazy delicious.

Here’s that same recipe processed with Chowdown. It’s a simple layout with a photo, ingredient list, and directions.

The magic comes behind-the-scenes, with recipe microdata via This process adds special tags around each bit of content, which is what let’s other apps (list coming soon) read your recipes. Data portability!

I was a pleased user of Chowdown for a couple of years, but I don’t work very much with Ruby and maintaining an enviroment just to use for a couple Jekyll sites every once in a while wasn’t something I’m a fan of doing. I recently transitioned my personal website over to Hugo, a static site generator written in Go, and I’m porting over Chowdown to keep this recipe goodness going.

Similar to the original project, GoChowdown is definitely a work in progress, and active development is taking place. I’m new to Hugo and Go. Things might break. The recipes, however, are here to stay.

Go cook something rad,